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A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life.

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Eloise Anderson
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Rick Reynolds
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Duvan Araga
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Reggie Davis
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Black or White is the story of a grandfather (Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When her paternal grandmother (Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply. With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white. Written by Relativity

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight | See all certifications »

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30 January 2015 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,456,000 (USA) (30 January 2015)

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$21,569,041 (USA) (8 May 2015)
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Was originally rated R for "brief strong language" but the rating was appealed to PG-13 for "brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight". See more »

Goofs

On the first day that Elliott takes Eloise to school--after Elliott took great care to tie her hair bow "correctly"--in each subsequent scene that bow is tied differently. Also, the ribbon doesn't have a single crease, even after being tightly tied multiple times. See more »

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[first lines]
Rick Reynolds: Elliot. Hey.
Elliot Anderson: [dialing his phone] David, it's Elliot. I'm not going home, they'll be takng her body to Richter Memorial. I'll come back in the morning, meet them, go with her, see what's the next step. I'll take to you in the morning.
Elliot Anderson: [now to Rick] ... My brother.
Rick Reynolds: She's gone?
Elliot Anderson: [yes]
Rick Reynolds: Well, what did the doctor say?
Elliot Anderson: That they, um... that they did what they could.
Rick Reynolds: Oh, God, Elliot, I'm so sorry.
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run, do not walk, to see this film
16 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

funny, brilliant, honest script and actors who pull off both harshness and sympathy. special mention to Anthony Mackie, though I know all the critics will give a lion's share of praise to Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner. Mackie (aka the Falcon) delivers a powerful, resonating speech that simply must be heard. the judge was awesome too, absolutely spot on.

i saw this with my mother at the Toronto Intl Film Festival Elgin Winter Garden Theatre. the room was packed, and the crowd was mixed not just racially but generational too. this is truly a universal film despite its title.

i highly highly recommend this film to everyone.


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